Rita Dunaway is a constitutional attorney, the author of Restoring America’s Soul: Advancing Timeless Conservative Principles in a Wayward Culture, and co-host of the weekly radio program, “Crossroads: Where Faith and Culture Meet.” She serves as National Legislative Strategist for the Convention of States Project.
Prior to joining the Convention of States Project, Rita spent approximately 10 years as Staff Counsel for The Rutherford Institute, where she worked to protect the civil liberties of Americans across the nation. She has authored numerous briefs for the United States Supreme Court and the federal appellate courts.
As an allied attorney for Alliance Defending Freedom and a volunteer for two Virginia-based conservative policy organizations, Rita has enjoyed being involved in the public policy process for several years and regularly testifies before legislative committees at the Virginia General Assembly.
Rita’s commentaries are published weekly in The Daily News Record in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and have also appeared online at WND.com and The Blaze.
As a Presidential Scholar at West Virginia University, Rita earned dual bachelor degrees in 1998, graduating summa cum laude from both the Journalism and Political Science departments. She then continued her education as a Benedum Scholar at Washington and Lee University School of Law, from which she graduated cum laude in 2001.
Rita is a member of the Virginia State Bar and lives in the Shenandoah Valley with her husband, Scott and their two children.